The 6 parts of energy management

Energy management is made up of 6 main parts. The order in which these happen may differ from business to business. But to realise long lasting benefits and make continuous improvements, your energy management plan needs to reflect the whole picture.

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Governance

This is the process behind implementing energy efficiency that’s supported by commitment from the top. When it comes to your business…

  • Does your energy plan have senior management support?
  • Do you have a formal energy policy and is it linked to the organisational objectives?
  • Has the company committed sufficient resources to the programme?
  • Is there a formal Energy Team who are responsible for the programme?

Accountability

This is the person or people responsible for delivering energy efficiency improvements across your business. The planning and organising they undertake are key. When it comes to your business…

  • Have you identified where savings can be made, and have you set energy targets for your business?
  • Do you have a formal energy plan in place, and has it been socialised across your business?
  • Have you developed a formal implementation strategy and allocated task to your team? 

Staff engagement

This is about involving the main users of energy within your business, in the decision making that leads to energy efficiency. When it comes to your business...

  • Do you have a staff awareness and motivation programme in place, and have you communicated your targets to the business?
  • Have you put relevant training or certification in place for the people who need it?
  • Have you identified key staff around the business who could help you influence behaviour?

Information and data analysis

This is about understanding what you use so you can set savings targets. Formal verification and reporting will also help you communicate success. When it comes to your business…

  • Do you have all the data you need to allow you to track energy use across your business (eg energy accounts, transport fuel card information, meter data, etc)?
  • Have you established baselines and key performance indicators that you can measure your energy performance against?
  • Have you conducted technical assessments or audits to understand energy use within your business and where savings may be available?
  • Are there opportunities to streamline and/or automate your ongoing data collection? Can you expand your existing metering, controls and systems to generate more accurate and relevant information?
  • Is your energy reporting aligned with other reports and linked to business key performance indicators?
  • Are your results reaching the right audiences in a timely manner?
  • Are your results presented in a format that your audience understands eg tables and graphs?

CAPEX allocation

This is the level of investment your business is prepared to spend on energy efficiency and management. When it comes to your business...

  • Do you have budget specifically allocated to energy efficiency projects?
  • Do you plan long-term or short-term? Do you know what can be achieved with operational budget, versus capital?
  • Has the company committed sufficient resources, both monetary and people, to carry out your plan?

Communication

This is informing and educating staff, stakeholders and the public about energy efficiency activities your business is undertaking. When it comes your business...

  • Are all your teams aware of the programme, and how they can help?
  • Are you taking time to celebrate your successes, and to recognise and reward good behaviours?
  • Are you sharing the results of your programme to key stakeholders, both within and external to your business?